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E-learning guru at MQ

Mq has strengthened its commitment to technology in learning with the appointment of Professor John Hedberg to the position of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) Millenium Chair within the university’s Australian Centre for Educational Studies (ACES).

Professor Hedberg will build on the strengths of the division and develop programs relating to technology in education.

He is excited about the possibilities of technology in the classroom, “Technology can be used to create interesting ways for students to learn, teachers to teach, and students to teach each other.”

Prior to Macquarie, Professor Hedberg was at Nanyang University of Technology in Singapore, where he developed research projects on the use of technology in schools across Singapore.



New ICT Millenium Chair Professor John Hedberg

He also has links in Europe and North America, and hopes to extend the program with international collaborations. 

One of his main roles is working with the Macquarie ICT Innovations Centre. The Centre invites school students to use technology to make lessons more interactive and practical. It is currently running an Astrobiology project in which students carry out virtual fieldwork on the Pilbara region of Western Australia.

“It is getting students interested in areas of science, not just facts and figures, but the process of making meaning and interpreting the evidence they have,” says Professor Hedberg.

“There has been quite an amazing change in the last 20 years. Computers are a universal tool, and I’d doubt if there’s a student or academic (in Australia) who doesn’t use them every day. Their potential can be quite spectacular if used as an extension of how we manipulate and interact with others and with the world.”

For more information visit the Australian Centre for Educational Studies website.

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